Nine intense bouts of Varsity Boxing will kick off on Saturday 9th March at The Corn Exchange. This year will see the 106th Varsity Boxing Match, which returns to Cambridge for the first time since 2005.
Meet your team below:
Featherweight: Nick Melgaard
Nick “The Thunder from Down Under” Melgaard originally comes from Melbourne, Australia, and is currently studying a Masters Degree in the Philosophy of Science.
Of all the animals in the world, Nick likens himself most to a shark. Say no more.
Lightweight: Stefan Lavelle
Stefan Lavelle is a first year economist from Caius. He’s been boxing on and off since the age of 15 and remains undefeated as a competitive amateur fighter.
He has eaten, slept and lived boxing for the last two terms.
Light-welterweight: Xiaofeng Li
Xiaofeng Li is an M.Phil student studying Bioscience Enterprise at Queens’. Born in China, his love for martial arts was nurtured through hours of watching kungfu movies with terrible acting but some impressive moves. Like most Chinese athletes he was then selected at six-months-old to commence his training and has been head down ever since.
Although his name roughly translates to howling wind, in the ring he is more like a typhoon and with his passion for all things red he is sure to knock out the opposition quicker than you can say “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.”
Welterweight: Sebastian Pender
Sebastian said that 2012 would be his last year boxing. He lied. He is now saying that this is his last year boxing. We still don’t believe him. As Rocky said, “There’s always one more round!”
Seb is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan.
Light-Middleweight: William Nyerere Plastow
William Nyerere Plastow only took up boxing when he first came to Cambridge, but what started as a break from work quickly became an obsession. He is undefeated in his first four amateur bouts, and means to make that 5-0 this weekend with a win at light middleweight.
Middleweight: Borna Guevel
Captain Borna Guevel is in his second year studying graduate entry medicine at Hughes Hall. A Double Blue, he will be boxing in his third Varsity match this year. Also a former British Universities Kickboxing Champion, he made the transition over to boxing five years ago and has never looked back.
Borna has survived off a diet of lettuce, celery and coffee in order to get down to weight for this varsity match.
Middleweight: William Wakeford
Will (aka Liam) is a first year graduate medic and has been desperately trying to juggle the work load of medicine and boxing training. After a brief boxing stint with Leeds University, Will has stepped up to meet the rigorous demands of CUABC.
Light-heavyweight: Tinashe Murozoki
Tinashe is generally a very friendly and somewhat quiet individual. However, he has no problem making the SWITCH come fight time. The switch is the ability of a generally easy-going subject to radically change into a meaner and aggressive individual in competition. This is known in bro-science as BEAST MODE.
Tinashe can curl 60kg… with his neck.
Heavyweight: Dan Fountain
Dan had been boxing in Switzerland before coming to Cambridge last summer. Now in his first year of Graduate Medicine at Hughes Hall, this is his first Varsity match for CUABC. He looks forward to bringing the truelove bowl back to Cambridge this year.